June 23, 2024

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Noteworthy Issues: Unstoppable Doom Patrol #2 (April, 2023)

There may be a spy in the Doom Patrol.

So, the new Doom Patrol series is set up with DC’s weirdest superhero team protecting the sudden abundance of metahumans following the events of the Lazurus Planet storyline, you just know someone will want to take advantage of that.

So, there may be a spy in the organization.

Issue:  Unstoppable Doom Patrol #2, April 2023

Writer:  Dennis Culver

Artist:  Chris  Burnham

The Plot:  Someone put a spy in the Doom Patrol!

Commentary:  So, I saw the cover for this issue and naturally assumed this had something to do with the shake-ups in the Brotherhood of Evil.  But no, there’s someone else who wants to put a spy in the Doom Patrol, that someone is Amanda Waller Peacemaker.  Apparently, Peacemaker may be running Task Force X as his spy has the standard bomb in his head, and it looks like it’s a teenage boy, about Beast Girl’s age, named Worm.  He has this cute caterpillar thing named Velvet, and he needs the Doom Patrol’s protection…or so he says.  Like I said, Peacemaker sent him.

Without getting too much into Worm and the twist of what’s going on with him, what this issue did was establish a bit more about how the Doom Patrol operates.  Crazy Jane is “the Chief” now in one of her personas, but where’s Nile Caulder?  He’s there.  He isn’t happy to be basically a consultant, but he’s there.  There are also appearances for characters like Danny the Street (or Brick or Radio or something), Flex Mentallo, Mento, and even Willoughby Kipling, all part of this literally underground complex that the Doom Patrol calls home.  Not everyone seems to be happy to be there, but it looks like there’s enough plot potential if Culver and Burnham ever opt to move away from the main team or even just to show the danger is coming from inside the headquarters in more ways than one.

Anyway, good worldbuilding here with a nice twist on the spy thing.

Grade:  B+